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GENDERED BODIES: TOWARD A WOMEN'S VISUAL ART IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA. Shuqin Cui. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 2015. Copyright 2016. 336 pp. with 118 ills. (106 col.). 25 x 17 cm. LC 2015-16450 ISBN 9780824840037 In English.
Publisher's description: Gendered Bodies introduces readers to women's visual art in contemporary China by examining how the visual process of gendering reshapes understandings of historiography, sexuality, pain, and space. When artists take the body as the subject of female experience and the medium of aesthetic experiment, they reveal a wealth of noncanonical approaches to art. The insertion of women's narratives into Chinese art history rewrites a historiography that has denied legitimacy to the woman artist. The gendering of sexuality reveals that the female body incites pleasure in women themselves, reversing the dynamic from woman as desired object to woman as desiring subject. The gendering of pain demonstrates that for those haunted by the sociopolitical past, the body can articulate traumatic memories and psychological torment. The gendering of space transforms the female body into an emblem of landscape devastation, remaps ruin aesthetics, and extends the politics of gender identity into cyberspace and virtual reality. The work presents a critical review of women's art in contemporary China in relation to art traditions, classical and contemporary. Inscribing the female body into art generates not only visual experimentation, but also interaction between local art/cultural production and global perception.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western in a Western Style, Asia (Western Style) — China — Post-1990 — Several Media — Women Artists
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 167716
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